quilt along part 3

Well, hello everyone! It has been some time since my last post. This late summer and autumn, I took time off from sewing and patchwork, but enjoyed reading instead. I have found some great books and couldn’t stop reading them. I was a very regular customer in the wonderful bookstores in the city center of Prague. Not only did I get books in my native language Czech but also in German and English.

Autumn has arrived and let the outdoor temperatures drop. And I have finally finished piecing the rest of the Summer Sampler 2019 blocks. I could check my skills in different piecing techniques. Accurate cutting and piecing. Improvisational piecing, sewing curves, foundation paper piecing, hexagons, flying geese, half rectangle blocks.

So, here the last batch of photos before I start piecing the quilt top. Summer Sampler 2019 blocks #14 – #21 :

summer sampler 2019 block 14 - skalabara quilts
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summer sampler 2019 block 15 - skalabara quilts
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summer sampler 2019 block 16 - skalabara quilts
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summer sampler 2019 block 17 - skalabara quilts
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summer sampler 2019 block 18 - skalabara quilts
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summer sampler 2019 block 19 - skalabara quilts
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summer sampler 2019 block 20 - skalabara quilts
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summer sampler 2019 block 21 - skalabara quilts
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Even though there are two alternative finishings in the Quilt Along, I will make my design. Both quilts designs are very large. Far too large to quilt on a normal sewing machine.
Till next time, happy quilting                 barbora   flower small skalabara quilts

quilt along part 2

Catching up with the Summer Sampler 2019 blocks. I have cut and pieced (nearly) all blocks. Each block is so different, with diverse sewing techniques. But all blocks are fun to make and with each block I have learned something new. All tips, hints and video tutorials are super helpful. At the moment, I have only put one block to the side: Oasis block with circles.

Summer Sampler 2019 blocks #6 – #8:

summer sampler 2019 block 6 - skalabara quilts

summer sampler 2019 block 7 - skalabara quilts

summer sampler 2019 block 8 - skalabara quilts

The center piece (petrol hue) is approx. 1 1/4″ finished, the next star in turquoise and orange is 4″ finished size. This was a real challenge!

summer sampler 2019 block 8 detail - skalabara quilts

Summer Sampler 2019 blocks #10 – #13:

summer sampler 2019 block 10 - skalabara quilts

summer sampler 2019 block 11 - skalabara quilts

summer sampler 2019 block 12 - skalabara quilts

summer sampler 2019 block 13 - skalabara quilts

Blocks with curves:

summer sampler 2019 block 11 + 6 - skalabara quilts

Foundation paper piecing blocks:

summer sampler 2019 block 7 + 10 - skalabara quilts

summer sampler 2019 block 8 quer - skalabara quilts

 

Looking forward to work on the next blocks, happy quilting

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working on cushion covers

As I am heading for Prague this Thursday I didn’t want to start a bigger project – like quilting the levitating jewel box quilt or starting the twin levitating jewel box quilt. Instead I decided to work on some cushion covers for the lounge – you can never have enough. One is made with EPP hexies and the other is with hst.

My first EPP hexie project : using an idea of a modern hexie cushion cover on German Bernina site. The explanation is straight forward and I am very happy with the result.

hexie cushion cover 2 - skalabara quilts

At the moment I have just quilted the top, thinking about a design for the back. As I add the zipper closure to the bottom, I piece both sides of the cushion covers with a nice pattern.

hexie cushion cover detail - skalabara quilts

The cushion cover size is 20″ x 20″ and I have used fabrics from my Kaffe Fassett stash box. I always like to work with them, the fabrics are so colourful, cheerful and happy.

hexie cushion cover 1 - skalabara quilts

The background fabric is Kona solid in eggshell, nearly the same colour as the backing. For the back of the cushion cover quilt sandwich I always use BOMULL unbleached fabric from IKEA, perfect price and quality balance.

hexie cushion cover back 1 - skalabara quilts

hexie cushion cover back 2 - skalabara quilts

The second cushion cover I have made was inspired by Saija from Pomada,  pop over to see her beautiful quilts!

hst cushion cover 1 - skalabara quilts

Once more I have used fabrics from my Kaffe Fassett stash box and the Kona solid in eggshell. Finished size is 18″ x 24″, each finished hst unit is 3″.  I want to make the same design for the back side, maybe piece the hst’s a bit larger – like a test size for a possible quilt throw.

hst cushion cover 3 - skalabara quilts

Both cushion covers are quilted using the walking foot in straight lines following the design. I have used Aurifil mako thread 40/2 in light sand, colour 2000.

hst cushion cover 2 - skalabara quilts

And from the back :

hst cushion cover back 1 - skalabara quilts

hst cushion cover back 2 - skalabara quilts

And both cushion cover tops :

hst and hexie cushion cover 1 - skalabara quilts

hst and hexie cushion cover 2 - skalabara quilts

This is all for this time, happy quilting!

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fpp circle of geese and quilting the highland cow

I have finally quilted the highland cow – see this post about paper piecing the block. I decided to highlight the hair by quilting each strand separately with variegated quilting thread from King Tut.

fpp highland cow quilted 1 - skalabara quilts

I have stitched around the face, mouth, nose and horns. So even from the back you can clearly see the cow silhouette.

fpp highland cow quilted back - skalabara quilts

Quilting in detail :

fpp highland cow detail 2 - skalabara quilts

fpp highland cow detail 1 - skalabara quilts

And because I like the piecing and quilting result one more photo of the highland cow :

fpp highland cow quilted 2 - skalabara quilts

 

A friend of mine saw a block on the internet and asked me if I could make her a cushion cover using this special block. It was called Double Circle of Geese and is designed by Lynne from Lily’s Quilts. The block is now featured in Modern Blocks book under the name Windmill. I have make the block, next step is quilting. The question is how?

fpp double circle of geese 3 - skalabara quilts

I think quilt tops should be shown also from the back :

fpp double circle of geese back 2 - skalabara quilts

Piecing process : I knew that I wanted to use the colourful fabrics from the Alison Glass Sun Print collection to make the outer circle of geese.

fpp double circle of geese 1 - skalabara quilts

Once I had the outer parts pieced I got out my solid stash box and selected matching fabrics for the inner circle.

fpp double circle of geese 2 - skalabara quilts

And a piecing detail from the back :

fpp double circle of geese back 1 - skalabara quilts

So, these are all my quilting news for this time, be happy and keep sewing!

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more paper piecing and liberty london fabric

Since I have really enjoyed making paper piecing patterns, I was looking for some new projects. I found a wonderful photo of a paper pieced highland cow and I knew I want to make it. The pattern is from the book Animal Quilts by Juliet van der Heijden – also know as The Tartankiwi. I must admit all patterns in this book are spectacular, the Highland Cow will not be my last project.

fpp highland cow 1 - skalabara quilts

Before I started piecing the different block sections, I had to do some homework or preparation. As there are many mane pieces in the pattern, I took out my crayons and coloured first the included colouring page and then the paper pattern pieces.

fpp highland back - skalabara quilts

fpp highland cow back detail - skalabara quilts

I used once more fabrics from the Sun Prints collection by Alison Glass.

The background fabric was an easy choice : a bright turquoise solid.

fpp highland cow detail 2 - skalabara quilts

fpp highland cow detail 1 - skalabara quilts

Thread snippets, fabric cuttings and paper – a lot to clean!

 

When I saw bundles of Liberty London fabric in the shop where I had my Bernina serviced, I knew I wanted to try sewing with this soft and pretty material. So I bought my first Tana Lawn cotton fabrics and I am thrilled with the quality and designs. I already have some ideas about projects I want to make with these fabrics.

liberty london fabric bundle 5 - skalabara quilts

liberty london fabric bundle 4 - skalabara quilts

liberty london fabric bundle 1 - skalabara quilts

liberty london fabric bundle 5 - skalabara quilts

liberty london fabric bundle 4 - skalabara quilts

Thanks for visiting and happy quilting!

barbora  flower small skalabara quilts